The Defence – I Want to Be Alone

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Drenched in 80’s synths and drums machines comes The Defence from Edinburgh, UK, with a sound that reminds me of the Pet Shop Boys meets The Human League.

Bio from their site:

The Band:

Keith Kerr
Vocals

Drew Cosgrove
Synthesizers

How we met:

In the summer of 1995 Drew placed an advert in the Melody Maker. Keith, who had already been in several bands, responded and our band was born. We sent our first demo to the Human League, asking if we could support them on the tour they were doing at the time. We needed a name and picked “The Defence” — because we wanted a name starting with “The” and “The Accused” sounded too much like an indie guitar band. Although we didn’t get to support the Human League a rep from Harvey Goldsmith was keen on our tunes. In 1997 we asked Heaven 17 if we could support them at their Edinburgh Fringe show. To our delight their manager called us and said we could — only for the whole thing to fall through because the Fringe organisers had already allocated support slots. We had to make do with VIP passes to the show. Ah, the cruel world of show business. It’s a hard life constantly failing to become international pop-stars. Still, spurred on by the success of Electroclash and the thrill we get from producing records we know that world domination is just around the corner.

By the way, their entire album can be downloaded from their website:

http://www.thedefence.com/html/music.html

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thedefence

The Defence – I Want to Be Alone

Lismore – Sunrise Girl Says…

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Fun electro pop track with great synths and vocals.   Here is the artist bio from wiki:

Lismore is a Jersey City, NJ electronic music group formed by vocalist Penelope Trappes and composer/instrumentalist Stephen Hindman in 2002. The group uses both live instruments and programmed beats to achieve their sound.

History

Two next door neighbors, Australian-born Penelope and Ohio-bred Stephen, an ex dj/producer (Kingsize), blindly began making electronic pop songs together unwittingly creating their acclaimed glitchy debut CD, We Could Connect Or We Could Not. Influenced by the NYC club scene, analog synths, and touring, Lismore dropped the glitches, 2 band members, and 2 long-term relationships, and morphed themselves into a fattened up, laptop-based, rambunctious indie-disco duo. As ‘You Aint No Picasso’ said: “Lismore sound like a wicked collaboration between Ladytron and Daft Punk.”

Lismore has been playing in NYC and extensively touring the US and Canada throughout 2005, 2006, and 2007.3

Lismore – Sunrise Girl Says…

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Huski – Undatow

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TGIF — and to put everyone in the right mood for a great Friday night, I present, Huski. Sounding alot like Goldfrapp (think dance version Goldfrapp), with sultry vocals (courtesy of Maple Bee) and chilled electronic beats (courtesy of Pike).

last.fm wiki bio:
Huski – Happy accidents aren’t called as much for no reason. Often from the most unlikely of sources comes something special. So it was one night in mid 2005 when producer Pike found himself at a party in a Turkish restaurant watching an impromptu two song set by Maple Bee. Pike didn’t know anything about Maple apart from he had to work with her. Bending the truth completely he approached Maple and asked if she could sing on some tracks he had written. Pike didn’t have any songs or even a full set up for Logic Audio. But the connection had been made.

Huski – Undatow

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Wolf Myer Orchestra & Parov Stelar – SoulGate (ft. Lillith)

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This track has a Saint Germain vibe to it.     Here is a short bio on Parov Stelar from last.fm:

Parov Stelar aka Marcus Füreder lives and works in Linz / Austria. Interesting themes and structures preferably move in the protecting environment of the underground. Right where enough space and stages can be found for growth and development. The freedom of jazz combined with the groove of house and breakbeat describes the character of Parov Stelar. The main theme is clearly defined, high quality music engaged in functionality. Parov’s productions addresses the DJ at the club as well as the listener in his easy chair and – he is spinning his well selected vinyls across the world. Parov Stelar is the head of Etage Noir Recordings.
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 Wolf Myer Orchestra & Parov Stelar – SoulGate (ft. Lillith)